Leadership and Policy

Case study: Developing students' character

19 March 2015

Assistant headteacher Emma Orr has a specific brief to promote character education at her school. She describes some of their approaches to developing key character skills

Funding for school buildings

19 March 2015

Finding the money to repair and maintain your school buildings is a major headache for school leaders. Kate Gilliford looks at some possible funding streams.

Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

12 March 2015

With so many pupils not speaking English at home, literacy was proving a key barrier to achievement at Lorna Owen’s school. She discusses the action taken to tackle this problem.

Case study: The Success Squad

26 February 2015

A project that trains support staff to take on a mentoring role has helped to boost the performance of borderline students in both English and mathematics. Jennifer Kenwright explains.

A strategic framework for governors

26 February 2015

Setting the strategic direction of a school is one of the governing body’s core functions, but it can be challenging for some. Ellie Howarth explains the elements of effective strategic governance set out in a new resource.

Legal options for tackling social media abuse

5 February 2015

Last week, SecEd looked at practical steps teachers and schools can take to stay safe online. Here, experts Andrew McGregor and Paul Maddock look at what legal recourse schools have when tackling social media abuse.

Making an impact in your department

22 January 2015

After his inner city English department achieved above average results, including excellent pupil progress, we asked Russell Harris to reflect on what strategies made the difference.

Delivering the duty on ‘British values’

22 January 2015

The government’s focus on ‘British values’ means that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is firmly back on the map. Phil Parker warns against this being a tick-box exercise.

Case study: Some outstanding advice

22 January 2015

Lampton School operates in difficult circumstances but has recently received another ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating. With a focus on data, assistant headteacher Alex Leggett explains how the school has done it.

Taking the step up to the SLT

8 January 2015

SecEd is a supporter of the Future Leaders programme. Here, Jessica West details her journey from middle to senior leadership via the initiative and discusses some of the challenges she has faced along the way.

Selection at 11 – a very English debate

4 December 2014

The public debate over academic selection at 11 has once again ignited. Professor Chris Husbands wonders why, when all the evidence argues against this approach to education.

The SEN Code of Practice explained

4 December 2014

Schools are still getting to grips with the implications of the SEN reforms and the new SEN Code of Practice. We asked inclusion expert Daniel Sobel to summarise the key changes.

Case study: Simplifying data use

4 December 2014

Matthew Stevenson has transformed the way his school presents data through the creation of the ‘Scorecard’. He outlines the key principles behind his approach.

How can you earn your staff’s respect as a new headteacher?

20 November 2014

A distinct challenge of early headship, especially in schools requiring improvement, is winning the respect and loyalty of your colleagues. Nick Bannister asks a group of headteachers to share their staff management and leadership advice.

Academies: Conflicts of interest

13 November 2014

In light of two damning reports looking into conflicts of interest within academies, legal expert Tom Wainwright warns of the importance of having clear policies to prevent conflicts arising.

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